NACADA vows to work with Women Reps to fight drug abuse
14 November 2014, 09:28
Nairobi - National Authority for the Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) has vowed to work with County women representatives to ensure drug menace is a thing of the past.
Speaking at a Nairobi hotel Thursday, NACADA Chairperson John Mututho said that the 47 women representatives will take the issue of fighting drugs as their number one agenda in their respective counties.
Muthutho urged all women to be in the forefront to fight alcohol abuse and support amendments on Mututho laws.
"There is no County that is not suffering but Mututho alone cannot move East and West to curb the problem. You have a mandate to tell the government to gazette the laws," he said.
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He said 3.3 million people worldwide die of alcohol related diseases. In Kenya alone, 2.2 million people are affected with 7100 persons having been reported dead last year.
He added that he did not have enforcement officers as the laws have not been gazetted yet.
Nyeri Woman representative, Priscilla Nyokabi and the Chairperson of the caucus said they will ensure that the law is enforced.
"If alcohol is affecting 2.2 million people and causes deaths of more than 7 000 in a year, then something needs to be done," she said.
Meru County women representative, Florence Kajuju, urged Mututho to review the miraa report saying it affects their livelihood.
Samburu County women representative, Maison Leshomo, said there is need for closure of all unlicensed factories and called for the probing of politicians who give youths liquor to execute their selfish plans.
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